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Adidas Equipment Racing: running shoe with air mesh upper (1993)

The Adidas Equipment Racing is a sleek running shoe that was released in 1993. The shoe evolved from the Adidas Equipment Running: a running shoe that was released in 1991 and featured a soft 'terry' lining. The Equipment Racing is a light weight shoe that is made using a 'air mesh' material for it's upper; it also has textile overlays for the toe and heel area. The 'air mesh' material allows air to circulate through the material, cooling the foot and lowering the amount of sweat generated. The shoe does not feature the Torsion System - unlike other Adidas running shoes of the era - but it does have a compression moulded EVA midsole for comfort and cushioning. The shoe features a rubber outsole with circular grooves that will grip most surfaces.

Showing the equipment racing running shoe in a blue upper. Showing the unique setup for the laces of the equipment racing.

As the above images show, the most iconic feature of the Adidas Equipment Racing is the design of the laces and the straps that connect to them. The interlocking straps are dyed in two colours; three of the straps are dyed white to represent the classic Adidas three-stripes design. The classic colourway of the Adidas Equipment Racing is Green / White / Collegiate Red; the version displayed in the images above is obviously not that colourway. The Adidas Equipment Racing is now referred to as the 'Equipment Racing 93' by Adidas: representing the year of it's release.

The shoe is still released by Adidas - only periodically - and costs in the region of £75. The Equipment Racing will probably always be released by Adidas due to it's unique design: it was one of their first shoes to depart heavily from their standard three leather stripes. While the strap design may be flimsy, it fulfilled it's brief of being light weight and appeared modern. In the early 1990's, Adidas was in financial trouble, and the direction the company was heading was uncertain: many of it's shoes were viewed as old-fashioned and the Equipment Racing aimed to change that impression.